‘That was one heck of a ride’: Musk blasts into a new era of ...


‘That was one heck of a ride’: Musk blasts into a new era of space travel

The SpaceX launch was the first time a privately owned firm has transported Nasa astronauts


SA-born Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX launched four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station on Sunday, Nasa’s first fully-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft.

SpaceX’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule, which the crew has dubbed Resilience, lifted off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 7.27pm eastern time (0027 GMT on Monday) from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

“That was one heck of a ride,” astronaut Mike Hopkins said from Crew Dragon to SpaceX mission control about an hour after liftoff. “There was a lot of smiles.”..

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